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Circumcision the Hidden Trauma : How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All »

Book cover image of Circumcision the Hidden Trauma : How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All by Ronald Goldman

Authors: Ronald Goldman, Ashley Montagu
ISBN-13: 9780964489530, ISBN-10: 0964489538
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vanguard Publications
Date Published: February 1997
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Ronald Goldman

Book Synopsis

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma is the first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social effects of this American cultural practice. The book has been endorsed by dozens of professionals in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology, and anthropology.

Plain facts and recent research results revealed in the book conflict with popular beliefs and raise serious questions. Goldman's application of psychological and social research coherently explains both the tenacity of circumcision and the contradictory information and beliefs about it. He discusses the potential adverse effects of circumcision not only on infants, men, and sexuality, but also on mother-child relationships, male-female relationships, and societal traits and problems.

The social analysis is provocative, but it is the exploration of the deeply personal effects of circumcision on individuals that is most compelling. We learn how some men discover their feelings about circumcision, why men do not generally talk about them, and why this is changing. The book illustrates how specific male behaviors can be connected to circumcision, even though a man may be unaware of the connection. The text is supported with clinical reports, interviews, surveys, illustrations, and thorough documentation.

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma identifies an overlooked source of early pain and simultaneously points us in the direction of both healing and preventing this pain. It is of particular interest to parents and children's advocates; men who seek to explore their sexuality and deepen self-awareness; women who want to understand men better; childbirth educators and allied workers; and mental health, medical, and academic professionals.

The book has wide appeal because it is not just about circumcision and the critical importance of proper infant care. More generally, it is about trusting our instincts, questioning some of our cultural values and assumptions, and reflecting on who we are and who we can be as individuals and as a society.

Lloyd Demause

A penetrating landmark study that raises disturbing questions and yet offers a real message of hope for a more peaceful future.

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